Best Kept Secret (festival)

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Best Kept Secret
BKS2014 01 - entrance.jpg
DatesJune 8 - 10, 2018
Location(s)Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
Years active2013 - onwards
Websitewww.bestkeptsecret.nl
Best Kept Secret Festival (in American English)

The Best Kept Secret festival is a three-day music festival held inside the Safaripark Beekse Bergen, within the village of Hilvarenbeek in the south of the Netherlands, since 2013.

Best Kept Secret is a music festival with a line-up in which big names are alternated with new discoveries from indie, folk, hip-hop, rock, electronics or a mixture of styles. The festival’s centerpiece is a lake at the back of Beekse Bergen safari park. The festival’s founder described his vision as aiming to create “something that we’d like to go to ourselves”.[1]

Best Kept Secret festival has one open air stage (ONE), three tent stages (TWO, THREE and FIVE) and one dance floor stage: FOUR.

History[edit]

The festival is organized by Dutch booking agency Friendly Fire.

In June 2013 the first edition was held, and sold-out each day with 15,000 visitors.[2]

The festival has been nominated twice at the European Festival Awards:[3]

  • Best Festival Line-Up 2014
  • Best Medium-Sized Festival 2014

In 2013 the festival won the 'Best Festival Award' at the 'IJzeren Podiumdieren' award show at Eurosonic Noorderslag.[4] The 'IJzeren Podiumdieren' award show is an initiative by the Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia- en Festivals (Dutch venues and festivals association).[5]

Best Kept Secret festival introduced 'the food line-up' for their first edition. The festival organization strives for diverse and sustainable food options, including vegetarian meals, soup and juices.

Editions[edit]

2018[edit]

Best Kept Secret 2018 (6th edition)
Friday June 8 Saturday June 9 Sunday June 10

Arctic Monkeys
Chvrches
Deerhunter
Future Islands
Tyler, The Creator
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Naaz
Rex Orange County
The Comet is Coming

The National
Four Tet
The Internet
Vince Staples
Alex Cameron
Shanti Celeste
Wolf Alice


LCD Soundsystem
Father John Misty
Khruangbin
Rodriguez
Spoon
Ty Segall
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Aldous Harding [cancelled]
Preoccupations
Rostam
Superorganism
Waxahatchee

2017[edit]

Best Kept Secret 2017 (5th edition)
Friday June 16 Saturday June 17 Sunday June 18

Run The Jewels
Agnes Obel
Section Boyz
Amber Arcades
Denis Sulta
DJ Prime
Hundred Waters
Jenny Hval
Joey Purp
Jo Goes Hunting
Kelly Lee Owens
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Kornél Kovács
Leif Vollebekk
Mannequin Pussy
Real Estate
Metronomy

Andy Shauf
Arcade Fire
Chris Cohen
Circa Waves
Cloud Nothing
Floating Points
Froth
George Ezra
Her
Honeyblood
Joy Orbison
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Kim Janssen
Laurel Halo
The Boxer Rebellion

Radiohead
Strand Of Oaks
American Football
Arab Strap
Junun ft. Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express
Aurora
Canshaker Pi
Cass McCombs
Fil Bo Riva
Henry Wu presents The Kamaal Williams Experience
Iguana Death Cult
James Blake
Kadhja Bonet
Kaleo
Kikagaku Moyo
Marlon Williams
RY X


2016[edit]

Best Kept Secret 2016
June 17th - 19th

Beck
Editors
Air
Wilco
Two Door Cinema Club
Beach House
Caribou
Bloc Party
Half Moon Run
Destroyer
Explosions in the Sky
Yeasayer
Yelawolf
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
DIIV

In total, around 100 artists, bands and DJ’s performed at Best Kept Secret festival 2016.

2015[edit]

BKS15
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Libertines The Jesus and Mary Chain The Tallest Man On Earth
Chet Faker
Earl Sweatshirt
Eskmo
The Pop Group
Binkbeats
Blanck Mass
Daniel Norgren
Daniel Romano
Eagulls
Kevin Morby
Liima
Metz
OFF!
Pissed Jeans
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Strand of Oaks
The Coathangers
Vessels
YAK

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds A$AP Rocky RIDE
Balthazar
Death Cab For Cutie
Of Monsters and Men
Temples
The Vaccines
Daniel Wilson
Fickle Friends
Föllakzoid
Ghost Culture
Hinds
Hookworms
John Coffey
Kiasmos
Kindness
Little May
Matthew E. White
Mourn
Outfit
patten
Sue The Night
Weval
Yung Lean & Sadboys

alt-J Royal Blood SOHN
Black Mountain
Evian Christ
First Aid Kit
Future Islands
Jonny Greenwood & The London Contemporary Orchestra
MEW
Alvvays
Ariel Pink
BADBADNOTGOOD
Bass Drum Of Death
Cairo Liberation Front
Dan Deacon
Gengahr
Kate Tempest
Kuenta I Tambu
Marmozets
Pretty Vicious
Reigning Sound
Steve Gunn
Sunset Sons
Tora
Waxahatchee
Wolf Alice

In total, around 95 artists, bands and DJ’s performed at Best Kept Secret festival 2015.

2014[edit]

STAGE ONE
Friday Saturday Sunday

Pixies James Blake
Midlake
Daryll-Ann
To Kill a King

Franz Ferdinand The War on Drugs
Babyshambles
Miles Kane
School is Cool
Moss
The Bots

Elbow Belle & Sebastian Angus & Julia Stone
The 1975
George Ezra
Catfish and the Bottlemen

STAGE TWO
Friday Saturday Sunday

Interpol Caribou
Breton
Birth of Joy
Circa Waves
Telegram

Chvrches Slowdive
Pional (live)
Metronomy
Wild Beasts
Mogwai
Nils Frahm
Amatorski

Lykke Li
The Notwist
The Horrors
Elephant Stone
Truckfighters
Childhood

STAGE THREE
Friday Saturday Sunday

Tokimonsta
Archie Bronson Outfit
Tijuana Panthers
Eaux
Peter Matthew Bauer
Cosmonauts
Samaris

Star Slinger
David Douglas
Roosevelt
Together PANGEA
Pink Mountaintops
Thumpers
Woman's Hour
Honeyblood
Radkey
Pins
De Lux

Fat White Family
Connan Mockasin
Oddisee
Maydien
Fucked Up
The Preatures

STAGE FOUR (hosted by dj St. Paul)
Friday Saturday Sunday

dj sets a.o. from: Bombay Show Pig, Maarten Wagemakers, Pitto, Fitz

dj sets a.o. from: Bakvorm, Sandeman, Y'Skid, Al Lover, De Dupe, Leroy Rey

dj sets a.o. from: Tim Knol, Traumahelikopter, De Staat, Nuno Dos Santos, Falco Benz

STAGE FIVE
Friday Saturday Sunday

Labyrinth Ear
Bombay Show Pig
Falco Benz
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Moddi
Broken Twin
Jessy Lanza

Larry Gus
Night Beats
Tomas Barfod
The Wytches
Afterpartees
Traams
Girl Band
Lyla Foy
September Girls
I Am Oak

Forest Swords
Ballet School
Deap Vally
Young Fathers
Trust
Rats on Rafts
Heavy Times
RY X

2013[edit]

STAGE ONE
Friday Saturday Sunday

Arctic Monkeys Bloc Party
The Maccabees
Danny Brown

Damien Rice Two Door Cinema Club
Allah-Las
Balthazar
Efterklang
Kashmir

Sigur Rós
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Palma Violets
Local Natives
Mikhael Paskalev
NO

STAGE TWO
Friday Saturday Sunday


Space Dimension Controller
Fuck Buttons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Surfer Blood
Swim Deep
Drenge

alt-J
Pantha Du Prince
Koreless
Wavves
Swans
Agnes Obel
Mozes and the Firstborn
French Films

Portishead
Suuns
Everything Everything
The Black Lips
Temples

STAGE THREE
Friday Saturday Sunday


Tourist
Doldrums
Tyler, The Creator
Black Dice
Splashh
Ofei
MONEY
Wave Machines


Letherette
Savages
Thomas Azier
The History of Apple Pie
Iceage
BRAIDS
Wolf Alice
Indians
Idiot Glee


The Black Angels
Cashmere Cat
No Age
Skaters
Autre Ne Veut
traumahelikopter

References[edit]

  1. ^ Festival Review: Best Kept Secret 2014, The Line of Best Fit, April 17, 2015
  2. ^ Eerste editie festival Best Kept Secret uitverkocht
  3. ^ Nominees European Festival Awards 2014 Archived February 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Nieuwkomer Best Kept Secret beste festival". NU (in Dutch). Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  5. ^ Nieuwkomer Best Kept Secret beste festival, de Volkskrant, 18 January 2014

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